Idaho Republican lawmaker, Brandon Hixon, has just died from a self-inflicting gunshot wound to the head.
The Canyon County Coroner’s office is ruling it a suicide but police are still investigating.
Hixon was under investigation for reportedly molesting two girls, including a young female relative of his who was abused for more than 10 years. The other victim was not related to him. Hixon took his life before facing justice through the legal system. We’re told both girls were minors.
His ex-wife, Danielle Eirvin Hixon, said that the suicide has robbed her family of facing their accuser in court.
“Brandon made people believe that he was a stand-up, morally correct person,” said Hixon, who was married to the former lawmaker for 10 years until their divorce in 2016. “But behind the house walls, he would cheat on me and molested children.”
She also called him a “coward” for taking his own life.
“I say he was a coward by taking the easy way out.”
Danielle Hixon was scheduled to testify before a grand jury, the day after Hixon decided to kill himself.
“It isn’t fair for his victims that they be silenced because he’s no longer here,” Eirvin Hixon told CNN.
After Hixon resigned, he was also arrested with two misdemeanors for driving under the influence and resisting arrest, according to Ada County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Patrick Orr.
Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke announced the tragedy to lawmakers during a House floor session, offering their prayers to the former lawmaker who resigned just months ago.
“We should support those who are close to us when they are struggling,” Bedke said. “Please remember Brandon’s family in your prayers.”
Other lawmakers also voiced their concern:
“I wish I had followed the promptings I received and called with words of kindness and encouragement,” Republican state Rep. Bryan Zollinger said in a tweet. “Reminder to us all to love one another despite differences of opinion.”
“I didn’t always agree with Rep. Hixon, but I could work with and talk to him,” Democratic state Rep. John McCrostie said in a tweet. “Hope you find some peace, Brandon. Condolences and prayers to his family including his children.”
Currently, the names of the alleged victims are not being released.